Global Sampler

Italian Vegetable Ragout with Chard

Italian Vegetable ragout recipe

Here’s a warming dish of all-season veggies, including plenty of greens. This quick, hearty dish can be served over grains, pasta, or polenta. Though I favor chard in this dish, there’s no reason not to try it with other greens, such as those listed under variations, or any others you may have on hand. Adapted from Wild About Greens. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky, from her review on BitterSweet. more→


African-American Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew

sweet potato stew

This stew contains peanuts, sweet potato and black-eyed peas, a triumvirate of nutrient-dense, delicious crops. Time does the work with this stew, the taste is lovely and complex. Pairs beautifully with rice or flatbread. more→


Rice Noodle Soup with Lettuce and Shiitake Mushrooms

Rice Noodle Soup with Lettuce and Mushrooms

This simple Asian-style soup, filled with fine rice noodles, crunchy lettuce, and healthy shiitake mushrooms, is a good introductory course for stir-fries and tofu dishes. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→


Baked Falafel with Smoky Tahini Dressing

Falafel wraps detail

Fried foods aren’t great for you, which is why this recipe for baked falafel is such a pleasure. Besides being healthier, it’s also much easier to make. Plus, frying is just messy. Serve these little balls of happiness with the accompanying Smoky Tahini Sauce in a pita or in wraps with fresh tomatoes and lettuce, or atop rice or whole grain.  Contributed by Dynise Balcavage, from Celebrate Vegan* (Lyons Press, ©2011). more→


Callaloo-Style Vegetable Soup

callaloo by Robin Robertson

This luscious soup pairs colorful vegetables with a spicy coconut broth. To make it more substantial, add the optional kidney beans.  Some cooked rice added to the bottom of each bowl is another good addition for turning it into a one-dish meal.  This recipe is from Vegan Fire & Spice* by Robin Robertson © 2008, Vegan Heritage Press. Photo by Evan Atlas. more→


Southeast Asian–Style Vegetable Stew

Southeast Asian-Style Vegetable Stew

Broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, and peppers mingle in a rich coconut–peanut base, making a stew that’s great all year round. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photos by Theresa Raffetto.



Udon Noodle Soup with Crisp Vegetables

Udon noodle soup with crisp vegetables

In this Japanese-style soup, udon noodles in a hot broth are topped with crisp raw vegetables, making for an offbeat and pleasing presentation. It can be made minutes before you wish to serve it. The traditional way to eat this is to “slurp” the noodles with the help of chopsticks, then finish off the remaining soup with a spoon. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.   more→


Ramen Noodle Soup with Bok Choy or Napa Cabbage

Napa cabbage

Ramen noodles are now readily available, even without the ready-made soup mix, in the Asian foods section of well-stocked supermarkets. They are an appealing addition to simple soups. more→